What to read if you like… Romance, Love and True Friendships

This Lullaby Cover This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

It’s hard to have faith in love when you’re romance writing mother is on her fifth husband, and all you remember of your hippie, 70’s singer father is the one song that made it: ‘This Lullaby’. It’s hard to believe in love and so Remy doesn’t. Remy believes in dating one guy after another, always being careful to cut them off before they go all ‘Ken’ on her (ie ultra boyfriend behavior). But then she meets Dexter, the klutzy guy from the alternate boy band, the perfect candidate for her last summer fling before starting at Stanford. But Dexter doesn’t seem to care to be her short lived romance and isn’t playing by the rules. Even more concerning – Remy isn’t sure that she wants him to.

A Great and Terrible Beauty Cover A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

16 year old Gemma is tired of living in India and argues with her mother over her desire to be sent to London to an exclusive boarding school. Two months later her mother is dead and Gemma is enrolled at Spence, a girl’s academy which turns out to be far different from her imaginings. Gemma is shunned by the powerful clique at the school and even her own dumpy roommate Ann ignores her. Worse still are the visions that haunt Gemma – the first one was where she saw her own mothers death! Then there’s Kartik, the handsome young man that has followed her from India to warn her not to follow her visions. Life’s turned upside down for Gemma as she tries to find a way to break into the clique, discover a way to cope with the visions and last, but not least, a way to deal with Kartik.

Naughts and Crosses Cover Naughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

Out on the streets a group of homeless teens become a family – Maybe’s family. They try and Sephy and Callum live on opposite sides of life. Sephy is a black-skinned Cross, one of the privileged, while Callum comes from the other side – the white-skinned Naughts. Naughts and Crosses do not mix but when Callum gets admitted to Sephy’s all-black school she’s determined to change that. But going public with her friendship with Callum is more difficult and dangerous than she thought, especially with the liberation terrorists out there at work. Callum and Sephy are determined to be together, but will society let them?

Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes Cover Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher

At Junior High Eric “Moby” Calhoune and Sarah Byrnes find a friendship forged by their shared gift of ‘terminal uglies’. Moby is large, very large and Sarah lives up to her last name with burns on her hands and face. Now they’re at High School and Moby is in the swim team, try as he might to stay large for Sarah Byrnes he just can’t help trimming down. When Sarah stops talking and is committed to a mental ward it’s up to Moby to find a way to get through to her. He’ll do whatever it takes to help Sarah Byrnes.

How to be Popular Cover How to be Popular by Meg Cabot


When Steph finds an old book called “How to be Popular” she thinks it’s the answer to her prayers. Steph’s been anything but popular ever since she spilt red koolaid on the most popular girl in schools white skirt. Steph surprises herself and her nerdy friends with how quickly she’s invited to sit at the popular table. So now Steph’s got everything she wanted – right?

The Year of Secret Assignments Cover The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty

When their English teacher decides to do something about the feud between two schools Emily, Lydia and Cassie are some of the first made to breach the gap. The three girls must become penpals with three boys from their opposing school. Can the teens overcome their prejudices about the other school, and if they do… while romance develop? Their story unfolds through letters, memos, emails and the girls notebooks and shows the real meaning of friendship.

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